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Students at Lake Middle and Middleton Elementary schools plant trees for campus greening project

Students at Lake Middle and Middleton Elementary schools plant trees for campus greening project
Posted on 05/24/2018

Students at Lake Middle and Middleton Elementary schools helped plant new trees on their shared campus this week. It is part of a campus greening project that will create new educational opportunities for students while complying with local stormwater management regulations.

Each class, from kindergarten to fifth grade, at Middleton Elementary School planted a tree for the project on Tuesday, May 22. The plantings are a part of the Learning with Trees program which is led by Tree Trust, a local non-profit. The program coordinates with teachers to provide lesson plans teaching students about the science behind tree plantings. Parent volunteers also helped classrooms with the project.

On Thursday, May 24, many science classes at Lake Middle School also planted trees with the help of Tree Trust’s program and parent volunteers.

The campus greening project is a partnership between South Washington County Schools and the South Washington Watershed District. Over the summer, 15 acres of non-active use turf grass will be converted to prairie grass and more than 100 additional trees will be planted on the campus. The project will also create two outdoor classrooms. It coincides with the addition of a pedestrian trail along Lake Road, led by the City of Woodbury.

The Campus Greening Project meets specific goals of all partners as the site is identified in the watershed district’s Greenway Plan and fulfills a city permit requirement for recent and future site improvements at each school.

The project was discussed in detail at the February 1, 2018 School Board Meeting.

Learn more about the Lake Middle School and Middleton Elementary School Campus Greening Project at www.swwdmn.org.